MuteMath, like many other bands, didn't hit it "big" for some time. They have spent years working on all sorts of albums that eventually launched them to where they are today. Paul, the lead singer, and Darren, the drummer, came from a former band named Earthsuit to form MuteMath.
"Shortly after Earthsuit's break up, Meany began working with drummer Darren King in a production team called "The Digitals". The name later changed to "Math" while the group helped produce music for Christian music stalwart TobyMac. The band recruited guitarist Greg Hill and changed their official name to Mutemath. To accommodate new recordings, Meany and producer Tedd T started an independent label named Teleprompt Records. Their first release was an EP titled Reset in September 2004. Earthsuit alumnus Roy Mitchell joined the venture in 2005. Teleprompt later signed a distribution deal directly with Warner Bros. Records, allowing Mutemath to release a full-length self-titled album on September 26, 2006."
- source: http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/10/19/Interview-MuteMath-C.doc.aspx
I've never been in a band before, but just from reading this, a band member would have to possess incredible patience to see if they would hit it big from the audience. I mean, I work as hard as the next person towards a goal I have, but to work on it for over 10 years and just now begin to get noticed more broadly? That is some type of patience!